NCDA Community Event

NCDA is pleased to announce the NCDA Community Event on November 22, 2014  at the Durham School of the Arts. 

This one-day event will feature 3 exciting technique classes, all-day contact improv classes + a contact jam, a low-tech showing, and a community meeting with FREE LUNCH.

This event is open to both members and non-members of NCDA

Note: Pre-Registration is now closed – but, you may register on site! 


Class Prices:

Member – 3 class pass: $35

Non-member – 3 class pass: $40

Single classes – $15 each


Showing Tickets:

$5 Members, $10 Non-Members

Tickets for the showing may also be purchased on site.



For class descriptions and teacher bios, scroll down


Contact Improv Session 1

Trish Casey, Moving From Within

12-2pm- Lunch & Community Meeting


Contact Improv Session 2

Jacqueline White, Ballet for Everyone


Contact Improv Session 3

Leah Wilks, Multi-forms Release Technique

7:30pm- Showing


Class Descriptions & Teacher Bios:

CONTACT IMPROV INTENSIVE with Michael Hurd, Toni Craige, and Adam Dipert                                                                 

A FUN introduction to the dance/sport/martial art/awareness practice of contact improv, covering basic skills, things to pay attention to, how to play safely, develop clear boundaries and practice being aware of our bodies in relation to others. Also, some frank and open (and sometimes funny) discussion of how to navigate the occasional awkwardness of physical contact.

1st class: Contact Improv beginner/basics class.  Open jam time included.

2nd class: Specialized/intermediate-level class. Open jam time included.

3rd class: “Intermediate level CI lab”  Diving into specific skills and challenges. Co-created, facilitated lab structure.  Open jam time included.

All 3 classes can be attended individually but will also build upon each other, with deepening material as the day progresses.

Contact Improv Intensive Teachers:

Michael Hurd

Michael Hurd

Michael Hurd has been exploring contact improv for 16 years, teaching for 5 years, and organizing contact improv workshops and jams for a decade. He spent 2 years in residential Zen meditation training at the Rochester Zen Center and 6 years at Windhorse Zen Community. He is a licensed general contractor with a remodeling company in Asheville NC, has a Masters in Counseling and practices experiential therapy in Asheville NC.  “I’m interested in finding the Way – the Way to dance with no obstruction. There is nothing about contact improv that does not integrate with and inform life. Experiential physics, original play, and the basic sustenance of human touch have found a home in contact improvisation. I love to explore shifting momentum rather than stopping it.”


Toni Craige & Adam Dipert

  Toni Craige majored in dance at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, focusing her studies on somatics, improvisation, anatomy, and process-oriented dance making.  These days, she is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist with a private practice in Raleigh.  Toni has recently began a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at NCSU and hopes to integrate her current work with bodywork and contact improvisation into her future work with mental health.  She loves to take technique classes at Arts Together, perform in her friends’ choreography, and teach Contact Improvisation with Adam Dipert.  Toni is passionate about growing the Triangle area into a Contact Improvisation destination – we are well on the way!

 Adam Dipert has been focused on movement and prop manipulation since 2000, soon after which he traveled the US teaching and performing circus arts at festivals around the country.  He studied some modern, tap and jazz dance, as well as much Alexander Technique at Ohio State Univ while achieving a BS in Physics.  During this time he worked with Kristina Isabelle Dance Company from Columbus OH (now based in Chicago).  He has been heavily focused on Contact Improv in recent years and teaches classes with Toni Craige in Carrboro and Raleigh NC.



Moving from the inside out, from the ground up, discovering the usefulness of imagery in relation to movement can be so rewarding.  Working with alignment and connecting the body’s extremities to the core of the body, movement becomes more efficient, more articulate, more expressive and takes on greater freedom. Class encourages inquiry, deep attention, a sense of humor and an open mind as movement material is explored and developed.

Trish Casey

Trish Casey

  Trish Casey is a graduate of (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA) and New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (MFA). She danced with the companies of Pauline Koner, Don Redlich and Marcia Plevin. Her teaching credits span universities, conservatories, companies and dance organizations in the United States and Australia.  She has directed creativity-based workshops for dance educators, choreographers and professional dancers in New Mexico, Texas and North Carolina. Special projects include “A Dance Gathering” in Dallas, Texas, which continues to serve as an annual event, hosting professionals’ work from around the country as well as “Thinking, Making, Doing Together” , a choreographic intensive for dance artists in collaboration with members of the Bill T./Arnie Zane Dance Company.  Surrendering in a Champion’s World, a dance film, choreographed and co-directed by Ms. Casey, received an award at the RiverRun International Film Festival in 2003 and was an entry in the 2004 Santa Fe Film Festival.  In 1997 and 2005, Ms. Casey was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at UNCSA. In May of 2005, she was the recipient of the distinguished UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. She has studied Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Ideo-kinesis with the late Andre Bernard and continues studies with Irene Dowd in Neuromuscular Re-education/Functional Anatomy.  She is currently a Healing Touch apprentice working toward certification. She is serving in her 24th year on the School of Dance faculty at UNCSA where she teaches technique, composition/improvisation, other dance-related courses and choreographs. She acknowledges all of the extraordinary teachers, mentors and students who have had a great hand in shaping the depth and breadth of her abilities as a teacher and lover of movement.


BALLET FOR EVERYONE with Jacqueline White

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Jacqueline has devised a teaching  style that welcomes all technical levels and abilities while challenging individuals to think scientifically about the way we move.  She is ABT certified to Level 5 and continues to learn and to be inspired as an educator at various workshops and master classes throughout the country.

Jacqueline White  Jacqueline White has been sharing her love of dance as a teacher and performer for over 20 years.  Her training began with Arnot Mader of the Richmond Ballet and continues today, as she attends workshops and teacher training annually with teachers and schools, including; Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Finis Jhung, ABT and Bill T. Jones, among others.   Jacqueline has performed with numerous regional companies, including; Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works, Kim Robards Dance Co., Echo Contemporary Dance Arts, and as a founding member of Project Incite. She has taught in public schools, private studios, and as a visiting lecturer at UNCC.  She is the owner and director of Open Door Studios in Charlotte, NC.  When she is not at the studio, she is busy with her other job, “Mother” to two children, a dog, a cat and a lizard. Jacqueline White is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


In this two-hour workshop we will use a variety of forms including Gaga, experiential anatomy, partner-work, improvisation, and release technique to move more seamlessly and efficiently upside-down and in and out of the ground. We’ll work on form, but we’ll also work on how we maintain our own individual identities inside of our practice, and how we might let go of “getting it” in order to more fully experience ourselves inside of movement.


Leah HeadbangLeah Wilks is a Durham based dancer, teacher and choreographer.  Recently she has performed as a part of, Nicola Bullock and the People, Renay.Aumiller.Dances, Shaleigh Dance Works, Gaspard&Dancers, and Dept. of Improvised Dance. Leah is currently on faculty at Carolina Friends School, 9th St. Dance, and the American Dance Festival, and is a guest artist at Enloe High School and NC State University. She co-directs the multi-media dance company VECTOR ( with visual artist Jon Haas, and helps organize the Durham and greater Triangle dance scene through her work with DIDA ( and Culture Mill (


About the Showing Artists:

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Renay Aumiller ( has presented her dance works in Chicago, New York City, Louisville, Urbana, IL, Kansas City, MO and throughout North Carolina as the Founder/Artistic Director of Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD). She performs with The Kearns Dance Project and has performed with numerous choreographers including Renée Wadleigh, Christian Von Howard, Tere O’Connor, and Chicago- based contemporary company, Thread Meddle Outfit.  She is a founding member/performer of the Department of Improvised Dance (The Dept.), based in Durham, NC. Additionally, Aumiller toured Taiwan, Cambodia, and Italy with internationally acclaimed improvisation master, Kirstie Simson.Aumiller’s education includes earning an MFA in Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BA in dance studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is currently pursuing her Somatic Movement Educator certification through the School of Body, Mind, Centering. She is an Assistant Professor in Dance at Elon University and leads intermediate-advanced modern technique classes at the ADF Studios.



Emily Daughtridge is an Associate Professor of Dance Studies at Appalachian State University where she teaches Modern technique, Yoga, Choreography, Collaborative Process, Dance History and choreographs for the Appalachian Dance Ensemble. Her choreographic works have been presented across the state on the NC Dance Festival tour, and other venues, and in New York City at the Merce Cunningham studio.  Emily is a recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Award for ASU’s College of Fine and Applied Arts.   She earned her M.F.A. in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University and B.F.A. in Choreography and Performance, and B. A. in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  From 2002-04 she was on faculty for the Silesian Dance Theatre’s summer festival in Poland.  Emily danced with both the John Gamble Dance Theater and the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group from 1996-2001 and since has continued to collaborate and perform with a variety of professional artists.



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Kate Davis, an Atlanta, Georgia native, began her early dance training as a rhythmic gymnast. After graduating high school, she switched her focus to dance, earning a BA in dance and a BS in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College. At BSC, she won awards for both “Merit in Dance” and “Distinguished Choreography”. She continued her studies at Florida State University, where she left the MFA track (having no desire to teach college dance) to pursue an MA in Dance with a focus in Arts and Community Practice. At FSU, Kate’s choreography was chosen to be performed locally in the school’s Days of Dance concerts, and nationally at the American College Dance Festival. While dancing at FSU, Kate performed under choreographers such as Gerri Houlihan and Andy Noble. She also worked as Director’s Assistant to Lynda Davis, director of Dance Repertory Theatre, and performed with the company. Since moving to North Carolina, Kate has spent her professional time developing new work, dancing with Rainbow Dance Company, and performing site specific improvisations and dance installations. In 2013, she founded her company, Continuum Collective. Kate’s recent work has been shown at the BlabberMouth Atlanta Dance Showcase, the North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreographer’s Showcase, and the American Dance Guild Festival in NYC. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband (and dance musician) Alex and their son, Julian.



Virginia Freeman Dupont is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher from North Carolina. She received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography with a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while she dancing with the Greensboro Ballet and the Gamble/Van Dyke Dance Company. Dupont also received her M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has had the good fortune of participating as a performing artist in works by various choreographers including Gerri Houlihan, Eluza Santos, Rick McCullough, Pegge Vissicaro, Melissa Hayden, Thom Clower and Maryhelen Mayfield, and she is currently a member of both John Gamble Dance Theater and the Van Dyke Dance Group.  Dupont is the Artistic Director and Owner of Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts and additionally teaches ballet as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She continues to explore her crafts; performing, creating and teaching in North Carolina.


amy head shot 2 Amy Maurer Jones grew up in York, PA where her passion for dance began at Darleen Paddison’s School of Dance. After high school Amy attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Dance Education. While at UNCG she performed with the Prime Movers Dance Company, a venue for UNCG dancers and choreographers to showcase their work. She also studied and participated with the Greensboro Ballet and the UNCG Dance Touring Company, a non-profit dance troupe. The touring company toured the public school systems of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. The company’s mission was to expose children of every walk of life to the art of dance.  Amy graduated from UNCG with Honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education in 1993. She began teaching dance in Montgomery County immediately following her graduation. Two years later she moved to southeastern North Carolina where she owned and directed Little Feats School of Dance in Brunswick County from 1996 – 2001. During this time she founded a non-profit youth dance company, served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Dance Alliance, choreographed and performed with the Wilmington Independent Choreographers group and taught dance and directed the Show Girls dance team of West Brunswick High School. Since 2001, Amy has been the Dance and Theater Arts educator at South Columbus High School where she thoroughly enjoys the students, faculty, administration and community.  Amy lives in Tabor City with her husband, Kelly Jones (Arts Education Curriculum Coordinator for Columbus County Schools), her daughter Olivia and son Keaton. She comes from a very artistic family of musicians, visual artists, actors and dancers. As you might guess, the arts are highly encouraged in the Jones household. When Amy isn’t sharing her passion and knowledge of the arts in the classroom she is busy supporting and encouraging the emerging young artists under her own roof.  Creativity is the key to Amy’s happiness. When she isn’t immersed in the arts she enjoys writing. Amy is the author of six full-length independently published novels.




Megan Rhodes is currently working on her BFA in Dance Performance as well as her BFA in Theatre Arts at East Carolina University. She plans on graduating this spring with both of her degrees. As a dancer, she has been in a number of ECU productions and recently danced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for the National American College Dance Festival. Her choreography has been selected the past two years to be shown, along faculty work and other student work, in the ECU Contemporary Concert. Last year her piece, “We Run Geese, Geese Don’t Run We”, was the winner in the Rebel 56 Literary Magazine’s art competition in the category of dance. This summer she was chosen as the winner of the Camp Kate Choreography Review, which gave her the opportunity to be featured on Kate Jablonski’s popular YouTube channel.